iMac 21.5 i5 vs i7 for my work!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by xcaldk74, May 21, 2011.

  1. xcaldk74 macrumors newbie

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    Hello Mac Users,

    I know this topic has been covered many times, but since I'm net to mac world I wish to get a input based on my question. Thanks in advance :)

    Long story short I am(was) a PC user. I am looking to upgrade to mac since I think its more comfortable to work w/ macs.

    This iMac will be used for web design w/ using photoshop package w/ little bit of video editing. Also from time to time I will play some fps games(bootcamp):cool:.

    My dilemma - is it worth it going for i7 or i5 will be plenty. Than just add some ram i.e 8gb (not from apple store) and call it a day.

    Any opinions and inputs are greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    DK:D
     
  2. Mobius 1 macrumors 6502

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    i5 will be enough for you. the main concern is the GPU





    if you only use bootcamp for gaming, consider overclocking (cheaper)


    i don't think you need more CPU power (like hyper threading etc)

    but the GPU, refer to the "extreme 6750 overlclock" guide on the MBP forum
     
  3. xcaldk74, May 21, 2011
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    xcaldk74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so you saying it should be easy to OC 6750M to be 6770m ? - didn't look at both specs so I don't know how much they are differ / perform better

    also which i5 you're talking about 2.5 or 2.7?

    what if I would take the basic iMac:

    2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    1920 x 1080 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    500GB hard drive1
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB


    I have a 60gib SSD in my laptop I could just swap it into iMac but then wouldnt I void the warranty?
     
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    For what you listed, that iMac is plenty. Any iMac made in the last few years would be plenty.

    You may not void your warranty dropping that SSD in, but it takes major surgery, not for the timid or first timer.

    Why not just try it without the SSD?
     
  5. xcaldk74, May 21, 2011
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    xcaldk74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    for 38$ extra /month vs basic I think its worth it to go w/ i7 for a long term usage don't you think?

    I did some research and noticed that i7 does not have lots of advantage + i5 is a new chip. Will i see any differences with my work? or should I just stick it w/ i5?
     

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